Solar Technology Propels Low Prices and Bankability for the Solar Industry

The collective US solar brain trust gathered at the Solar Solutions Conference in Memphis, TN presented by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Solar Institute, April 10-11.  The big news?  Technological innovations have propelled solar prices down.  Today’s solar market is one of the most attractive to investors — not only is it actually “bankable,” [...]

Why Plant Washington Will Not Fly

On April 10, Power4Georgians (P4G) settled a legal challenge with several environmental groups over our appeal of Plant Washington’s air pollution permit. Afterward, plant developer Dean Alford told the press that Plant Washington is ready to proceed, with its permit in hand and a new backer, retired Colorado utility exec Tim Taylor. He couldn’t be [...]

After Two Years The Gulf Spill Is Still Unfolding

  Two years ago, we witnessed the unraveling of the worst environmental disaster in our country’s history.  On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded into flames, killing 11 people, and spiraled into a horrific 87 days of oil gushing into the ocean, resulting in over 200 million gallons of oil dumped [...]

Protect Families: Stop Toxic Coal Ash From Polluting the Federal Transportation Bill

The following post was authored by Sandra Diaz of Appalachian Voices and originally published on “The Front Porch” on April 24, 2012. West Virginia Rep. David McKinley is a man on a mission — to save the coal industry from the bullies at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. McKinley’s afraid that the EPA may eventually [...]

Nuclear Accountability in Washington, One Year After Fukushima

For the third consecutive year I participated in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s (ANA) annual DC Days event. I joined scores of concerned citizens from across the country, along with several people from the former Soviet Union (representing Russia, the Ukraine, and Kazakhstan). We spent three days traversing Capitol Hill, educating the Congress on ways [...]

Skeptics May Limit the Benefits of New Carbon Pollution Limits

As we reported late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finally proposed new standards to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas pollution from new coal- and natural-gas-fired power plants. As the single largest emitter of CO2 pollution in the United States (coal plants dump more than two billion tons of CO2 into [...]

Two Down, One to Go: Another Georgia Coal Plant Bites the Dust

In a major win for Georgia’s ratepayers and our air and water, Power4Georgians (P4G), the consortium of four utility co-ops behind the last two proposed coal-fired power plants in Georgia, agreed yesterday to cancel Plant Ben Hill, which was to be built near Fitzgerald, Georgia. Additionally, the co-ops still backing the proposed Plant Washington will [...]

Another Multi-Billion Dollar Nuclear Gamble for TVA

Hot on the heals of the biggest Mega Millions jackpot in history, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has just upped its ante on a different game of chance: completing the Watts Bar nuclear reactor at their existing nuclear plant in Tennessee. TVA announced last week that the construction cost estimates to resurrect the abandoned reactor “were [...]

Poor, Minority Metro-Atlanta Neighborhoods Attract More Pollution

Examples have shown time and time again that low income and communities of color continue to suffer disproportionate impacts from dirty energy choices here in the Southeast. A new report released by GreenLaw appears to confirm this trend.  This report identifies eight types of air, water, and land pollution and compares them with demographic data [...]